The Peabody Room

The Peabody Room

At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library


The Peabody Room, a special collection of Georgetown neighborhood history, is open to the public without an appointment. Come in during open hours or contact the librarian for more information. 

Georgetown Neighborhood Library
3260 R St. NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20007


Monday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
2nd & 4th Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Also open by appointment.

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Part of the DC Public Library's Special Collections Department, the Peabody Room is a special collection of Georgetown neighborhood history. It includes subject vertical files, photographs, maps, neighborhood microfilmed newspapers, paintings, engravings and artifacts that document various aspects of Georgetown life. It also features a house history file for nearly every home in Georgetown.

Following a devastating 2007 fire that heavily damaged the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, a newly constructed, climate-controlled third floor (opened October 2010) now houses the Peabody Room. A number of materials were water-damaged during the fire and may not be publicly accessible. Finding aides for archival collections located at the Peabody Room can be found here

Watch this video for more information about the fire: